Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Fatty Acid Composition and Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein 1 in Adult Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Patients: A Pilot Study

Can J Diabetes. 2020 Feb;44(1):22-29. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2019.04.018. Epub 2019 May 8.


Objective: Metabolic changes in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) impair vasodilation, and this leads to tissue hypoxia and microvascular pathology. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can significantly improve the outcome of ischemic conditions in T1DM patients and reduce vascular complications. The aim of our study was to assess the effects of HBOT on plasma fatty acid (FA) composition, and expression of insulin-like growth factor binding protein 1 (IGFBP-1) in T1DM patients.

Methods: Our study included 24 adult T1DM patients diagnosed with peripheral vascular complications. The patients were exposed to 10 sessions of 100% oxygen inhalation at 2.4 atmosphere absolute for 1 hour. Blood samples were collected at admission and after HBOT for measurement of metabolic parameters, FA composition and IGFBP-1. Measurement of plasma FA composition was determined by gas chromatography. Expression of IGFBP-1 in the serum was estimated by Western blot analysis.

Results: HBOT decreased blood levels of total cholesterol (p<0.05), triglycerides (p<0.05) and low-density lipoprotein (p<0.05). HBOT increased plasma levels of individual FAs: palmitic acid (p<0.05), palmitoleic acid (p<0.05), docosapentaenoic acid (p<0.05) and docosahexaenoic acid (p<0.01), and decreased levels of stearic acid (p<0.05), alpha linolenic acid (p<0.05) and linoleic acid (p<0.01). Expression of IGFBP-1 (p<0.01) was increased, whereas the level of insulin (p<0.001) was decreased in the serum after HBOT.

Conclusions: Our results indicate that HBOT exerts beneficial effects in T1DM patients by improving the lipid profile and altering FA composition.

Keywords: acides gras; complications vasculaires; diabète de type 1; fatty acids; hyperbaric oxygen; insulin-like growth factor binding protein 1; lipides; lipids; oxygène hyperbare; protéine de liaison au facteur de croissance insulinomimétique de type 1; type 1 diabetes mellitus; vascular complications.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biomarkers / blood*
  • Diabetes Complications / blood*
  • Diabetes Complications / etiology
  • Diabetes Complications / therapy
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / blood*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / complications
  • Fatty Acids / blood*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation / methods*
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 1 / blood*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Peripheral Vascular Diseases / blood*
  • Peripheral Vascular Diseases / etiology
  • Peripheral Vascular Diseases / therapy
  • Pilot Projects
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies


  • Biomarkers
  • Fatty Acids
  • IGFBP1 protein, human
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor Binding Protein 1